Incident 22/2017 – Apr. 19th Wed. 11.02 – Great Knott, Gordale, Malham, North Yorkshire – Animal Rescue.

Incident 22/2017 – Apr. 19th Wed. 11.02 – Great Knott, Gordale, Malham, North Yorkshire – Animal Rescue.

North Yorkshire Police passed on a message that two new-born lambs were stuck down a mine shaft, near Gordale House, Malham. CRO caving members were unable to descend very far into the awkward and narrowing natural rift in the limestone bedrock and were unable to see or hear anything. The lambs’ owners and CRO members concluded that the ewe had given birth on a grassy ledge above the fissure and that any new-born lamb(s)…

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Thanks for all your support! #TheCoopWay @coopuk.

Today (13th April 2017) we have been given the good news that we have been awarded a total of £1,921.95 for our Cooperative Local Community Fund-raising project at the Settle store, which finished on 8 April. This money will be going towards equipping our Swift Water Response team. We would just like to give a tremendous THANK YOU to everyone who chose us as their preferred cause when shopping at…

Incident 15/2017 – Apr. 2nd Sun. 17.45 – Baxenghyll Gorge, Ingleton, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 15/2017 – Apr. 2nd Sun. 17.45 – Baxenghyll Gorge, Ingleton, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

The team were requested by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist helimed 98 with the evacuation of a photographer (m) who had suffered a broken leg whilst on the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. Team members escorted the air paramedics to the casualty and assisted with preparing him for transfer to a road ambulance which arrived shortly after. The casualty was then carried by team members to the road ambulance. Volunteer hours: 21…

Incident 13/2017 – Mar 25th. Sat. 14.16 – Whenside, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 13/2017 – Mar 25th. Sat. 14.16 – Whenside, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

North Yorkshire Police received a call to a walker (m) collapsed but conscious, descending from Whernside ‘towards Ingleton’. The duty controller was able to re-contact the caller and established that they were in fact descending towards Bruntscar. Team members arrived on scene together with a road ambulance as the casualty neared the road head. He was escorted to the ambulance and left in the care of Yorkshire Ambulance Service personnel.…

Incident 8/2017 – Jan 29th Sun. 15.36 – Little Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 8/2017 – Jan 29th Sun. 15.36 – Little Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

A walker (m,28), wearing trainers, slipped on snow or ice when beginning to descend from Little Ingleborough towards Gaping Gill and sustained a suspected shoulder dislocation. As CRO members made their way up to him, his companions assisted him to descend a little way down, very slowly and in considerable pain. He was given pain relief and stretchered (partly sledged, partly carried) down to a team Land Rover, below Trow…

Incident 8/2017 – Jan 29th Sun. 15.36 – Little Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 8/2017 – Jan 29th Sun. 15.36 – Little Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

A walker (m,28), wearing trainers, slipped on snow or ice when beginning to descend from Little Ingleborough towards Gaping Gill and sustained a suspected shoulder dislocation. As CRO members made their way up to him, his companions assisted him to descend a little way down, very slowly and in considerable pain. He was given pain relief and stretchered (partly sledged, partly carried) down to a team Land Rover, below Trow…

The Open Wheel Introduce Cave Rescue Organisation – Good Cause of The West Riding Classic 2017

The Open Wheel Introduce Cave Rescue Organisation – Good Cause of The West Riding Classic 2017

Cave Rescue Organisation Formed in 1935, The Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) is the oldest cave rescue organisation in the world. It was originally formed by cavers specifically to rescue cavers but, since the 60s, has also been a mountain rescue service. Today the majority of the call-outs are for above ground incidents of which there were 99 in 2016, ranging from injured walkers, climbers, trapped livestock, road and mountain bike…

Incident 6/2017 – Jan 21st Sat. 10.15 – Scar Top, nr. Giggleswick, North Yorkshire – Animal Rescue.

Incident 6/2017 – Jan 21st Sat. 10.15 – Scar Top, nr. Giggleswick, North Yorkshire – Animal Rescue.

The team were called by North Yorkshire Police to go to the aid of a sheep which had been crag fast for over 36 hours. The sheep was located on a narrow ledge approximately 10m above ground level. A team member descended by rope to the ledge from above, and the sheep was ‘encouraged’ to retrace its route up a narrow cleft to the field above. Volunteer hours: 4

Incident 5/2017 – Jan 14th Sat. 16.04 – Pen y ghent, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 5/2017 – Jan 14th Sat. 16.04 – Pen y ghent, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Before the previous incident was quite concluded, there was a call to go to a walker (f,32) who had suffered a knee-cap dislocation ’15 minutes from the trig point’ on the main path down from Pen y ghent towards Horton in Ribblesdale. While the team was re-organising and en route, a former team member, out for a walk, happened by. He provided spare clothing and encouraged the group to assist…

Incident 4/2017 – Jan 14th Sat. 13.51 – Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 4/2017 – Jan 14th Sat. 13.51 – Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

A CRO member, out for a walk, reported that a walker (m,12) had sustained an ankle injury, 50m from the summit of Ingleborough, on the path towards Ingleton. He used his own emergency equipment to keep the boy warm, until help arrived. Team members carried him to a Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which had been requested as a back-up, in case of complications, and he was flown down to Horton in…

Incident 3/2017 – Jan 2nd Mon. 19.41 – Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 3/2017 – Jan 2nd Mon. 19.41 – Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Two walkers (m,27 f,25) with a dog, contacted police for guidance when they became disoriented whilst walking off Ingleborough. Although well equipped, they had lost confidence in their navigation in the dark. The duty controller was able to establish their location using SARLoc (a smartphone application that sends the phones location to our mapping software), and then guide them to Gaping Gill, where they were met by two team members…

Incident 2/2017 – Jan. 2nd. 15.58 – Ribblehead, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 2/2017 – Jan. 2nd. 15.58 – Ribblehead, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

The police requested the team to assist in a search for a missing person (m,50) believed to be on Whernside with inadequate clothing for the freezing conditions. As the team members gathered at Ribblehead for a briefing prior to commencing a search, the police reported that the male had been found safe and well on a minor road in Chapel le Dale. Team members were therefore stood down before a…

Incident 1/2017 – Jan. 1st Sun. 15.20 – River Doe, Ingleton, North Yorkshire – River Rescue.

Incident 1/2017 – Jan. 1st Sun. 15.20 – River Doe, Ingleton, North Yorkshire – River Rescue.

The team were called by the Ambulance Service and Police after multiple calls were received to a person (m,40) fallen into the River Doe on the Ingleton Waterfalls walk, possibly above Snow Falls. On arrival at the scene, the casualty had already been pulled from the river above Storrs Common by a passer by, and ambulance and air ambulance paramedics were rapidly on scene. The casualty was suffering from multiple…

Incident 99/2016 – Dec. 30th Fri. 15.44 – Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 99/2016 – Dec. 30th Fri. 15.44 – Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

4 walkers (3m, 25, 1f, 14) with 2 dogs became disoriented in mist whilst walking on Ingleborough. The walkers were able to contact the police via mobile roaming, but were unable to give an accurate location. After several mistaken locations, they found Gaping Gill, and were able to contact the duty controller directly by responding to his calls to them. As visibility was poor and night had fallen, they were…

Incident 97/2016 – Dec. 26th Mon. 11.14 – Blind Beck, Barbon Low Fell, Cumbria – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 97/2016 – Dec. 26th Mon. 11.14 – Blind Beck, Barbon Low Fell, Cumbria – Mountain Rescue.

The team were called by Cumbria Police to a walker (f,62) with a reported broken leg, approximately 300m above the road in Barbondale. Team members arrived on scene just after the North West Air Ambulance which, due to high winds, was unable to land near the casualty, having instead to touch down near the road. The air ambulance paramedics and team members climbed to the casualties location on the hillside,…

Incident 96/2016 – Dec. 10th Sat. 17.08 – Cam Pasture, Horton in Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 96/2016 – Dec. 10th Sat. 17.08 – Cam Pasture, Horton in Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

A walker (m, 31), who had set off from Horton in Ribblesdale at 12.40, to walk the northern end of the Ribble Way, reported himself lost and benighted in low cloud near Cam Houses. A CRO Land Rover was able to drive to within easy walking distance of him, despite the complexity of recent timber extraction routes in Cam Woodlands. Cold, but otherwise unharmed, he was returned to Horton.

Incident 95/2016 – Nov. 30th Sat. 13.39 – Crummack Dale, Austwick, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 95/2016 – Nov. 30th Sat. 13.39 – Crummack Dale, Austwick, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

The team were called to a walker with a knee injury (m,17) in Crummack Dale. The team mobilised, but were quickly stood down whilst en route, as the casualties companions informed North Yorkshire Police that they had assisted the injured male off the fell, and would transport him to hospital themselves. Some team members had already arrived at the rendezvous point, including a team doctor, who decided after assessing the casualty…

Incident 93/2016 – Nov. 22nd Tue. 16.02 – Pen-y-ghent, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 93/2016 – Nov. 22nd Tue. 16.02 – Pen-y-ghent, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

The team were called to a walker (f,41) suffering respiratory distress whilst climbing Pen-y-ghent. On arrival, team members found the casualty (with her walking partner) to be in a very distressed state, near the top of the crags at the south of the mountain. The walker and her partner were made safe, and moved to gentler ground near the ridge, and their dog was led down the crag to safety…

Incident 92/2016 – Nov. 19th Sat. 14.58 – Long Preston, North Yorkshire – Local Incident.

Incident 92/2016 – Nov. 19th Sat. 14.58 – Long Preston, North Yorkshire – Local Incident.

The team were called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to a a casualty (m,17) with a suspected lower leg fracture, about 1 mile from a road. YAS had no resources to attend, due to high call demand. The team responded and provided pain relief to the casualty before moving him to a local farm where assessment and splinting was undertaken. The casualty was then conveyed to hospital by a relative for…

Incident 91/2016 – Nov. 19th Sat. 08.34 – Pen-y-ghent, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 91/2016 – Nov. 19th Sat. 08.34 – Pen-y-ghent, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

The team were called by North Yorkshire police to a walker (f,20) who had suffered a dislocated knee after slipping whilst climbing up the south face of Pen-y-ghent. In full winter conditions, the casualty was assessed, splinted and given pain relief before being carried by stretcher to a team vehicle, which then carried the casualty down to Stainforth village for transfer to a road ambulance, for transport to hospital. Volunteer…

Incident 89/2016 – Nov. 3rd Thu. 17.52 – Pen y ghent – Ribblehead area, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 89/2016 – Nov. 3rd Thu. 17.52 – Pen y ghent – Ribblehead area, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

A Three Peaks fell-runner (m, 63) was reported overdue, between Horton in Ribblesdale and Ribblehead, via Pen y ghent. Starting at Ribblehead, he had run over Whernside and Ingleborough, then left Horton at 12.38, for Pen y ghent, anticipating completing his run in about another two hours. Descending from Pen y ghent, he had sustained a slight knee injury and decided to drop down to Horton, rather than continuing to…

Incident 88/2016 – Oct. 30th Sun. 15.06 – Gorbeck, Langcliffe, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 88/2016 – Oct. 30th Sun. 15.06 – Gorbeck, Langcliffe, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

A mountain biker (f 50) fell from her bike whilst riding a section of the Pennine Bridleway. She fractured her right collar bone. CRO team members were able to treat the casualty at the scene and transport her in a team vehicle to Lancliffe, where she was checked over by a team doctor. The casualty was then released by CRO to be driven to hospital by her colleague. Volunteer hours:…

Incident 86/2016 – Oct. 22nd Sat. 19.24 – Wretched Rabbit, Easegill, Cumbria – Cave Rescue.

Incident 86/2016 – Oct. 22nd Sat. 19.24 – Wretched Rabbit, Easegill, Cumbria – Cave Rescue.

Cumbria Police contacted the team when a caver at Bull Pot Farm reported a caver (m,78) was apparently 2 hours over his due return time from a trip to Wretched Rabbit. The caller confirmed his car was still at Bull Pot. A vehicles and initial party of 6 team members were mobilised, whilst members of Red Rose Caving club went with the ‘grab bag’ (left for such incidents at Bull…

Oct. 20th Thu. 17.31 – Sulber area, Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Alert only.

Oct. 20th Thu. 17.31 – Sulber area, Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Alert only.

Two walkers (m, f) reported themselves lost, between Ingleborough and Horton in Ribblesdale. Although describing themselves as appropriately equipped and well-provisioned, they had no torch and believed they would not reach Horton before it got dark. Unfortunately, although their phone was on a network claiming ‘99% UK coverage’, it was not possible to call or text them nor could their location be ascertained by ‘SARloc’. As they did not appear…

Incident 85/2016 – Oct. 16th Sun. 11.50 – Thwaite Lane, Austwick / Clapham, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 85/2016 – Oct. 16th Sun. 11.50 – Thwaite Lane, Austwick / Clapham, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

A member of a practice expedition group (f,15) with Type 1 diabetes, fainted while walking along the lane. CRO members collected her and brought her back to Clapham, tired and cold, with fluctuating blood-sugar levels. Once stable and after a medical consultation, she was taken home by one of the group’s supervisors. Volunteer hours: 3

Oct. 11th Tue. 20.28 – Ireby Fell Cavern, Ireby Fell, Lancashire – Alert only.

Oct. 11th Tue. 20.28 – Ireby Fell Cavern, Ireby Fell, Lancashire – Alert only.

Two cavers (m) were reported overdue from a trip to Ireby Fell Cavern, understood to have begun at 1100. As initial inquiries were being made, the whole team were placed on standby, and a team member sent to check whether their car was at the expected parking point. As the team member arrived, he found the two cavers just changing out of caving gear. They had started their trip later…

Incident 84/2016 – Oct. 6th Thu. 16.04 – Path near Cawden Flats Barn, Malham, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 84/2016 – Oct. 6th Thu. 16.04 – Path near Cawden Flats Barn, Malham, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

A school student (f,13) with a medical condition fainted while walking between Malham Cove and Gordale Bridge. When CRO arrived, Yorkshire Ambulance Service personnel were walking her gently to the road ambulance, to be taken to hospital for a check-up.  After taking some other students back to the village, CRO stood down, .  An air ambulance also attended, but was not used. Volunteer hours: 7

Oct. 4th Tue. 23.32 – Crystal Cave, Barbondale, Cumbria – Alert only.

Oct. 4th Tue. 23.32 – Crystal Cave, Barbondale, Cumbria – Alert only.

Two cavers (m, 49; m, 29) were reported overdue from an evening excursion into Crystal Cave. As the call was received only a half hour after their intended exit time and parts of the cave are tight and tortuous, the CRO Duty Controller decided to wait a while. He also asked Cumbria Police to check for parked cars. Before this could be done, the original caller was in touch again…

Incident 83/2016 – Oct. 2nd Sun. 14.17 – Near Upper Long Churn Cave, Horton in Ribblesdale – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 83/2016 – Oct. 2nd Sun. 14.17 – Near Upper Long Churn Cave, Horton in Ribblesdale – Mountain Rescue.

No sooner had CRO members cleared up after the helicopter practice than a would-be caver (f, 21) was reported to have dislocated a knee in a slip just beyond the stile leading to the upper entrance to the Long Churn Caves. Her companion had re-located the joint, but she was unable to weight-bear and was in extreme pain. CRO members immobilised the leg and carried her by stretcher, then Land…

Incident 82/2016 – Sep. 26th Mon. 22.18 – Helbeck, Cumbria (North of Brough) – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 82/2016 – Sep. 26th Mon. 22.18 – Helbeck, Cumbria (North of Brough) – Mountain Rescue.

A beater on a grouse shoot had been reported missing (and not dressed for the conditions), early on Monday evening, having last been seen two hours previously. After several hours of searching, Kirkby Stephen MRT called in extra help from search and rescue teams belonging to the North Pennines Search and Rescue Co–ordinating Group (of which CRO is a member), Lake District Mountain Rescue Association and the North East Search…

Incident 81/2016 – Sep. 25th Sun. 15.24 – Peterson Pot, Leck Fell, Lancashire – Cave Rescue.

Incident 81/2016 – Sep. 25th Sun. 15.24 – Peterson Pot, Leck Fell, Lancashire – Cave Rescue.

A caver (m,21) was exhausted at the far side of Roly-poly Passage and was unable to exit the pot. CRO teams entered the top of the system from Peterson Pot and the bottom through Mistral Hole. The caver was found at Skydive Drop and was assisted / escorted to the surface via Mistral Hole at 20.30 hrs. Thanks to the six ‘co-opted cavers’ who assisted the 18 CRO members. Volunteer…

Do You Use The Co-op? Raise money for CRO Now!

Do You Use The Co-op? Raise money for CRO Now!

Our friends at the Co-operative Society stores in both Settle and Ingleton have chosen CRO as one of their 3 community causes, where 1% of everything you spend on Co-op branded products or services is donated to a local charity. If you use these stores, please take out Co-op membership (if you haven’t already!) and from the Co-operative Society membership website you will be able to specify CRO as your…

Incident 80/2016 – Sep. 17th Sat. 22.46 – Whernside, Cumbria – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 80/2016 – Sep. 17th Sat. 22.46 – Whernside, Cumbria – Mountain Rescue.

A party of 5 young people (m x 3, f x 2), reported themselves lost, to their expedition support adult leader, whilst descending from the summit of Whernside to Deepdale, near Dent. This was just as CRO were returning from incident number 79. CRO worked in partnership with Kendal Mountain Rescue Team to plan and commence a search. As the search was getting underway, the lost party were found by another of the expedition’s…

Incident 79/2016 – Sep. 17th Sat. 19.58 – Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 79/2016 – Sep. 17th Sat. 19.58 – Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

A party of 4 walkers (m 30, m 30, m 31, m 31) reported themselves as lost, and one of their number injured, on their descent from Ingleborough summit to Horton in Ribblesdale. From talking to the party by mobile phone and using their phone to send location information to a CRO computer we were able to pinpoint their position at the upper edge of South House Moor. A small…

Incident 78/2016 – Sep. 16th Fri. 15.45 – Hard Rigg, Scales Moor, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 78/2016 – Sep. 16th Fri. 15.45 – Hard Rigg, Scales Moor, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

A walker (f) slipped and fell whilst walking along the bridleway over Scales Moor, to the south of Whernside. She had tried to brace against her fall by stretching out her arm, causing a suspected fracture and dislocation. CRO members assisted Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedics with transport to the scene and helped with the treatment of the casualty and then her transfer to an air ambulance. Volunteer Hours: 35

Incident 77/2016 – Sep. 15th Thur. 15.45 – Trow Gill, Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 77/2016 – Sep. 15th Thur. 15.45 – Trow Gill, Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

A walker (m 71) tripped and fell on a rocky path near the top of Trow Gill on Ingleborough. He injured his right leg and reported to us being unable to bear weight on his leg. He was assessed by a CRO team doctor and treated by CRO members for a possible fracture / muscle injury to his leg. The casualty was carried in a stretcher to a CRO Landrover ambulance

Incident 76/2016 – Sep. 11th Sun. 20.41 – Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 76/2016 – Sep. 11th Sun. 20.41 – Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

A group of four 3 peaks walkers (3f,1m) reported themselves lost on the descent from Ingleborough to Horton in Ribblesdale, with no map or compass, and only one headtorch between them. Whilst trying to establish their location, a small party of team members set off from Horton to check the area leading back to Sulber Nick. Eventually contact with the group was established, and a gps location on The Allotment…

Incident 75/2016 – Sep. 10th Thu. 09.28 – High Birkwith, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 75/2016 – Sep. 10th Thu. 09.28 – High Birkwith, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

As the team were packing up from incident 74, a call was received to another 3 peaks walker (f,41) with a confirmed lower leg fracture. On arrival at the scene, team casualty carers took over casualty handling from event first aid staff, and requested the attendance of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance due to the severe nature of the injury. The casualty was treated and packaged for transport, and carried by…

Incident 74/2016 – Sep. 10th Sat. 08.05 – Pen-y-ghent, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 74/2016 – Sep. 10th Sat. 08.05 – Pen-y-ghent, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

The team were called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to a 3 peaks walker who had apparently suffered a seizure and unconsciousness whilst ascending Pen-y-ghent. The team responded, and assisted Yorkshire Air Ambulance staff to get the casualty into Helimed 99. The patient was then transferred to a road ambulance at Dale Head. Just as team members were packing up, a further call was received… Volunteer hours: 26

Incident 73/2016 – Sep. 8th Thu. 12.35 – High Birkwith, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Incident 73/2016 – Sep. 8th Thu. 12.35 – High Birkwith, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

The team were called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to a walker (m,62) with an ankle injury. When the first team member arrived on scene, it was discovered that the walker had been found by a local farmer, and given a lift back to his own car in Horton, from where he was going to make his own way to hospital for treatment. Team members were therefore stood down whilst still…